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City of Edmonton Recognized as a Leader in Accessibility

Terwillegar Recreation Centre

March 18, 2011

The City of Edmonton is being recognized for its leadership in ensuring people with disabilities have full access to all of the amenities available at the new Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre.

The City will receive the Percy Wickman Accessibility Award from the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) tonight at the organization’s 50th Anniversary Red Carpet Affair Gala.

“We are so proud to be recognized by the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) for our work in ensuring the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre is universally accessible to everyone, regardless of ability,” said Linda Cochrane, General Manager, Community Services.
“Facilities like Terwillegar are transforming Edmonton. They are part of how we are building a great city that is welcoming to all, encourages active living and provide all residents with a high quality of life.”

Community hub

The City of Edmonton’s vision for the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, which opened in January, has been to create a community hub where Edmontonians of all ages and abilities can connect with friends and neighbours, learn and have fun. Key accessibility features include:

  • 22 accessible parking stalls;
  • automatic entry doors;
  • accessible washroom, shower and change room facilities;
  • ramp access into the leisure and tot pools, with a portable lift for the hot tub and main pools;
  • fitness centre equipment that is accessible to people with disabilities;
  • barrier-free access to the children’s wing;
  • flooring in the Realty Executives Flexi-hall that is designed for wheelchairs; and
  • Rink C and Realty Executives Rink B that have been designed for sledge hockey, a hockey-style game played by people with limited mobility.

First of four new centres

Terwillegar is the first of four new recreation centres the City of Edmonton is building over the next three years, all of which will be fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Construction is underway on Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre, with construction on facilities in the Meadows and Clareview areas to begin in 2011.

Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre, located at 2051 Leger Road, offers a wide range of opportunities for Edmontonians, including an aquatics centre, fitness facility and running track, an arena with four NHL-sized ice surfaces, community and program spaces, a children’s area and four commercial retail units offering food, clothing and health services.

All of these amenities are fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Information on the facility’s schedule and programming is available online at www.edmonton.ca/tcrc or by calling 311. The centre is open daily from 5:30am. to 11pm.